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Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza January 27th 2014

Hi Friends and Family Just 2 weeks to go before we hit Tokyo and panic is setting in. So much to do, so little time to do it. This is really just a test Blog to see if we have remembered the process of Blogging!! All being well the next one should be from Tokyo! LOL Tony & Lyn xx... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 9th 2013

Vanmorgen alleen gestart naar de oostelijke tuin van het keizerlijke paleis. Een bijna op bladniveau onderhouden tuin aangelegd op en om een oud Edofort. Opgedeeld in twee delen, de ene meer een wandel- en kijktuin. Het andere gedeelte voor recreatie, een groot grasveld waarom heen aangelegd groen. Hier mag op het gras gezeten worden en gepicknickt. Men is net begonnen met het aanleggen van een boomgaard met oude fruitboomsoorten uit geheel Japan. Alle parkwachters rijden hier op de fiets. Ik heb geprobeerd om een aantal te fotograferen maar elke keer stopte de wachter keurig om mij een foto te laten maken zonder hem. Soms zijn Japanners te aardig. Het rustige park verlaten om naar het drukke Ginza en Cyrus te lopen. Lopend door het gebied tussen Tokyo station en Ginza viel het mij op hoeveel levendiger ... read more
Keizerlijke tuinen

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 9th 2013

Tsukiji Fish Market Early morning, rise and shine! Following my obsession with all things food and food related, I got out of bed this morning at 6:30 and went to the Tsukiji Fish Market. If it comes out of the water, it is for sale here. It is more of a gigantic wholesale market machine. And incredibly amazing. I started with a sushi breakfast at one of the many tiny sushi restaurants in the small market area. Since the fish comes right from the market, you can't get it more fresh. By far the best sushi I have ever had. The flavors! Then I ventured into the wholesale area. It is hard to describe so I have put in many photos in the hopes to give an idea of the energy and vibe that is there. ... read more
At work
Spider crab, anyone?
Cutting up a fresh tuna

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza September 14th 2013

Saturday-Day Eight Tokyo for the day and sailing to Nagasaki on the Pacific Ocean We arrived in Tokyo this morning at 6am so regretfully had to set the alarm this morning to make the most of the day ashore as we had to aboard by 4pm and sailing by 4-30pm. The port of Tokyo put on information tents with maps & free shuttle buses to take us from Oi Futo (wharf) to Shinagawa train station. This is a major station and an interchange for at least 4 lines. It is light rail above ground, not the subway. So we blundered into this, found ticket machines by watching other people, looked above the machines at an English map, found Tokyo, worked out how to buy tickets, which train line to take and jumped on board ... read more
Toyko is very proud about Olympics
best little coffee shop in the East
Railway station fast food

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza February 12th 2013

Fish, fish and more fish...We decided to go see what everyone was talking about. Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world! We were told in order to get in to see the tuna auction we would have to get up at 3:30 to be there by four am. It begins at 5 am sharp and they only let in the first 140 people in line. They let 70 in at 5-5:40 am and the second half of 70 people from 5:40-6:15 am. I was told that they have cut down the amount of people watching the auction because it raises the temperature in the auction hall and that is not good for the tuna. While this market seemed enormous to me it has been rumoured that it will be moving to a ... read more
Fish movers


Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 18th 2012

It was an early start to our Japan holiday, by 5.45am we were making our way to Heathrow with potentially London's worst driver. Nearly side swiped three other vehicles and hit the curb. After a Bloody Mary in the lounge, always a fine way to kick start the day, we were off. The journey was rather good; a couple of movies and good 4hr sleep and we touched down at Haneda Airport around 4.30am. It was a breeze getting the bags, customs and then a monorail later we were walking along the quiet streets to our hotel. We were staying in Ginza around 20 floors up and our first view was the sun rising over Tokyo Tower. We couldn't check in for a while so after freshening up we headed out to the newest and biggest ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 16th 2012

Its been a year almost that we have been trying to get all newly introduced approvals etc for our travel from office.Finally in Sept Ajay succeeded in getting it and we were on.It was approved for me & Siddharth for a week long travel to Tokyo & Singapore respectively.I decided on week of 8th Oct but while arranging the logistics,it came across that all hotels in Tokyo are fully booked due to a IMF Annual event in that week in Tokyo.Plus Monday was a Tokyo off.Given these 2 issues, i was forced to push my dates to a week after. With so many travel experiences behind us, preparing for Tokyo was least of my concerns.My focus was on my agenda as this was my first abroad visit after becoming VP earlier this year.I was visiting there ... read more
Tokyo Station Dome
Seafront @ Odaiba
Promanade @ Odaiba

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 2nd 2012

I spent the day experiencing more Japanese culture. I visited the Bank of Japan Currency Museum. That is not exactly "cultural", but I thought it would be interesting to see - and it is near my hotel. There is a nice, brief display of the history of the use of currency in Japan. It sounds very similar, in broad strokes, to my understanding of the history of currency in Europe over those same centuries. After the museum, I took the subway to the Tokyo Bay area. I had wanted to see the bay anyway, but my goal was to visit the Toyota Mega Web. It is a (free) showcase/theme park for Toyota products. They have their latest vehicles on display and of course the Prius is prominently featured. There are models that are not available in ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza November 1st 2012

This morning I explored some very different neighborhoods in Tokyo. I started in Akibahara, the electronics capital of the city. This is where computer geeks and video game aficionados hang out, apparently. Indeed there were a lot of stores selling electronic gear and there was a line of young adults (mostly male) in front of the Sega store, clearly waiting for something that was about to go on sale. I also saw numerous advertisements for Windows 8. Maybe I was there at the wrong time of day, but I can't say that I found Akibahara very exciting. (See picture) Next I made my way to Kagurazaka. This is described as a "charming neighborhood" and indeed I found it very pleasant to wander around there. The streets have an old-fashioned feel to them and many people have ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Ginza October 31st 2012

Today was supposed to be rainy in the afternoon so I planned accordingly. I wanted to take the river bus from Tokyo Harbor up the Sumida River to see the Senso shrine and then spend the afternoon in the museums of the nearby Ueno district. It turned out that the river buses weren't running because of a "holy day". I don't know what holiday it is, but I think it involved visiting shrines because when I arrived (by subway) I found large numbers of people, many of them uniformed school children. (See picture) Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the trinket venders were doing a big business. From there I walked toward the museum area and stopped for lunch at a restaurant recommended by my guide book. It has tatami mats and one must remove ... read more

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